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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis Lauds Providing Veterans with Health Care Choices

June 10, 2014
Press Release

“The excessive wait times at the VA are outrageous, and Veterans deserve an alternative when they are subjected to an unreasonable delay in access to care. This is about providing the Veteran with choice. This bill provides deserving heroes with that choice, if the VA doesn’t meet the standards for timely access to care. This legislation is a step in the right direction to ensure our nation’s heroes receive that care at a level of quality they expect and deserve,” said Bilirakis.

On May 23rd, Congressman Bilirakis coauthored a letter to then-Secretary Shinseki urging him to use his existing authority to allow Veterans to seek care outside the VA. H.R. 4810 would force the Secretary to offer that option to any Veteran who has been waiting longer than the VHA wait-time goals for an appointment.

Representative Bilirakis spoke on the floor in favor of H.R. 4810. To view his complete remarks, click here.